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St. Mary’s Dominican High School’s 20th annual, one-week food drive collected 15,186 cans of food for the Second Harvest Food Bank, representing an estimated 13,380 pounds of donations.
“Dominican’s donation would equate to 11,150 meals,” said Jay Vise, Second Harvest’s marketing and communications director.
The food drive kicked off with a spirited “Everyone CAN Be a Hero … By Fighting Hunger!” video, featuring the religion faculty and staff in Superheroes attire.
Over 20 years, Dominican has collected total donations equaling 157,959 pounds – or the equivalent of 131,632 meals – the largest school drive in the New Orleans area.
Jill Cabes, vice president of Dominican Catholic Identity, called the drive, “one of Dominican’s major whole-school service projects that allows us to put our principles of Catholic Social Teaching into action. This food drive fosters a sense of community among our student body.”
The food drive supports Second Harvest Food Bank in its efforts to provide food to more than 700 community partners and programs across 23 parishes in Louisiana.